Posts Tagged ‘1980s’
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop, in "Joy," a 2015 Twentieth Century Fox biopic loosely based on her life and co-written and directed by David O. Russell.


Even as it gets stuck between stations, “Joy” is an engaging — and, at the right moments, enraging — tale of both perseverance and the psychology of purchasing.
The rise and fall of gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. is chronicled in "Straight Outta Compton," a 2015 Universal Pictures release directed by F. Gary Gray.

Straight Outta Compton

The movie doesn't feel phony, but it beats an unexpected retreat to safety — a solace far beyond the gaze of the greatness “Compton” gives you at the outset.

Jessica Chastain stars as Anna Morales in A24's "A Most Violent Year," written and directed by J.C. Chandor

A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet's vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins.
thatsmyboy - interior

That’s My Boy

It's cliche, it's predictable, and at times it's even cringe-worthy. Yet, "That's My Boy" remains to be Sandler's best effort in years...thanks to Andy Samberg that is.

heinekenkidnapping - interior

The Heineken Kidnapping

"The Heineken Kidnapping" is the Dutch equivalent of our "Suicide Kings," except it's a true story.
Big Miracle inside

Big Miracle

A relatively engaging based-on-true-events fish movie, "Big Miracle" satisfies all of the requirements of the inspirational true story.


Killer Elite

This meathead version of "Ronin" is clotted with complicated plot threads, but it's all cover for several cock-punching throwdowns. That's not necessarily bad.
Conan the Barbarian lede

The Spate of ’80s Remakes

This week Joe and Chris yap about "Fright Night," "Conan the Barbarian" and the recent spate of '80s remakes.

The Puppet Monster Massacre

A blood-soaked, felt '80s throwback.
Music Never Stopped inside

The Music Never Stopped

An interesting premise is ruined by stale filmmaking and underwritten characters.


Take Me Home Tonight

Sam reviews the film that looks back on the time in which people were obsessed with looking forward.
Friday inside top

The 13 Greatest “Friday” Moments, Part I

Over the years the "Friday the 13th" series has given us plenty, and sure it was mostly bad, but much of it was awesomely bad.

Friday inside top

The 13 Greatest “Friday” Moments, The Final Chapter

Over the years the “Friday the 13th” series has given us plenty, and sure it was mostly bad, but much of it was awesomely bad.
Freeman interview inside

Actor/writer Heath Freeman, “Skateland”

Freeman spoke to The Yap about "Skateland," about his two co-stars who are on the verge of stardom, and making a 1980s film where most of the characters are stuck in the 70s.